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Warden Gerry Marshall elected Chair of Western Ontario Wardens' Caucushttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/warden-elected-chair-of-wowc-16-1-23.aspx1/23/2017 4:47:03 PMWarden Gerry Marshall elected Chair of Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus<p><strong>Midhurst, January 23, 2017 – </strong>County of Simcoe Warden Gerry Marshall has been elected as the Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus (WOWC) Chair during the organization's Annual General meeting in Guelph, Ontario on January 20, 2017. </p><p>"I am honoured to have been elected to the position of Chair by my peers from across Southwestern Ontario and I look forward to helping drive our collective goals forward," said Warden Marshall.  "One of our main items for WOWC over the next two years will be strengthening our role in economic development. Accomplishing this will take co-operation among all levels of government as we continue to seek funding and partnership opportunities to grow the success of Southwestern Ontario."</p><p>Prior to his election, Warden Marshall served as Vice Chair of the WOWC, and Chair of the Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) committee. Throughout 2015, Warden Marshall worked closely with members of the WOWC to garner support for SWIFT from the private sector and other levels of government which culminated in a $180 million funding commitment from the federal and provincial governments in July 2016.</p><p>Also appointed at the annual general meeting were: Mayor Randy Hope, Mayor of Chatham-Kent to the office of Vice Chair; Kelley Coulter, CAO of Bruce County as Treasurer; and Mark Aitken, CAO of Simcoe County as Secretary. </p><p>The Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus is a not-for-profit organization representing 15 upper and single tier municipalities in Southwestern Ontario with more than three million residents. Its purpose is to enhance the prosperity and overall wellbeing of rural and small urban communities across the region. For more information, visit<strong> </strong><a href="http://www.wowc.ca/"><strong>wowc.ca</strong></a><strong>.</strong><strong>  </strong></p><p>The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents, in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <a href="http://simcoe.ca/"><strong>simcoe.ca</strong></a>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p>Allan Greenwood<br> Director, Corporate Communications <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile) <br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca"><font color="#0066cc">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</font></a></p><p style="text-align:left;">Jennifer Straw<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br>705-790-5979 (mobile) <br><font color="#0066cc"><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a> </font></p>
Committee Recruitment - Planning Advisory Committeehttp://www.simcoe.ca/Clerks/Pages/Committee-Recruitment---Planning-Advisory-Committee.aspx1/16/2017 7:36:43 PMCommittee Recruitment - Planning Advisory Committee<p style="text-align:center;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><font color="#221e1f"><font color="#221e1f">Two (2) Appointees Required – Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) </font></font></span></p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><font color="#221e1f"><font color="#221e1f"> </font></font></span><font class="ms-rteFontSize-2" color="#221e1f" face="MrEavesXLModNarOTBook,MrEavesXLModNarOTBook"><font color="#221e1f" face="MrEavesXLModNarOTBook,MrEavesXLModNarOTBook"><font color="#221e1f" face="MrEavesXLModNarOTBook,MrEavesXLModNarOTBook"><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">The County of Simcoe is seeking applications from qualified citizens to share their experience and/or to apply their formal knowledge regarding (County) Official Plans and (County-initiated) Official Plan Amendments (OPA), and to review land use policy changes as may be introduced by the Province of Ontario. </span></p> <p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">The two citizen appointees are to be residents of the County of Simcoe, not a member of a municipal council in the County or an employee of the County of Simcoe; have demonstrated formal knowledge and/or practical experience in land use planning processes and proceedings in an unbiased manner. </span></p> <p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">Appointments are for a term ending December 2018. Members of the Committee shall be compensated in accordance with approved County policy.</span></p> <p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">Those appointed will be required to attend ad hoc in person daytime meetings held at the County Administration Centre (Midhurst) scheduled based on the need to commence an (County) Official Plan review, an (County-initiated) Official Plan Amendment (OPA), or to review land use policy changes as may be introduced by the Province of Ontario</span>.</p> <p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">Individuals who are residents within the County of Simcoe and interested in being considered for this Committee are asked to forward, in confidence, a biographical sketch detailing their related experience, knowledge and qualifications to the undersigned on or before 12:00 Noon local time January 31, 2017, or to clerks@simcoe.ca. Qualified candidates may be selected to attend an interview with the appointment committee. </span></p> </font></font></font><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><font color="#221e1f"><font color="#221e1f"><font color="#221e1f"><p>Issued by: County Clerk, County of Simcoe, 1110 Highway 26, Midhurst, Ontario, L9X 1N6. Notice of Collection/Use/Disclosure: Personal information received in response to this notice is collected pursuant to Section 11 of the Municipal Act and Section 29 of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act; information collected will be used in accordance with section 31 for the sole purpose of determining eligibility for appointment to the above-noted Committee.</p></font></font></font></strong><font color="#221e1f" face="MrEavesXLModNarOTBook,MrEavesXLModNarOTBook" size="4"><p align="CENTER"> </p><font color="#221e1f" face="MrEavesXLModNarOTBook,MrEavesXLModNarOTBook" size="4"><p align="CENTER"> </p><font color="#221e1f" face="MrEavesXLModNarOTBook,MrEavesXLModNarOTBook" size="4"><p align="CENTER"> </p><font color="#221e1f" size="4"><p align="CENTER"> </p><font color="#221e1f" size="4"><p align="CENTER"> </p><strong><p align="CENTER"> </p><font color="#221e1f" face="MrEavesXLModNarOT,MrEavesXLModNarOT" size="3"><p align="CENTER"> </p><font color="#221e1f" face="MrEavesXLModNarOT,MrEavesXLModNarOT" size="3"><p align="CENTER"> </p><font color="#221e1f" face="MrEavesXLModNarOT,MrEavesXLModNarOT" size="3"><p align="CENTER"> </p><p> </p></font></font></font></strong></font></font></font></font></font>
NOTICE OF MEETINGS FOR COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE AND COUNCIL FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY, 2017http://www.simcoe.ca/Clerks/Pages/NOTICE-OF-MEETINGS-FOR-COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE-AND-COUNCIL-FOR-THE-MONTH-OF-JANUARY,-2017.aspx12/28/2016 3:38:39 PMNOTICE OF MEETINGS FOR COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE AND COUNCIL FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY, 2017<p><strong>TAKE NOTICE</strong> that the Corporation of the County of Simcoe will hold the following regular meetings of Committee of the Whole and Council during the month of January, 2017: </p><p>Tuesday, January 10:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Council 9:00 a.m.</li><li>Committee of the Whole 9:30 a.m.</li></ul><p>Tuesday, January 24:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Council 9:00 a.m.</li><li>Committee of the Whole 9:30 a.m.</li></ul><p>Unless otherwise specified, the meetings will be held in the County of Simcoe Council Chambers, County of Simcoe Administration Centre, 1110 Highway 26, Midhurst, Ontario.<br> <br>The agendas for these meetings may be viewed approximately seven days prior by clicking on the following link: <br> <br><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=a3bddb63-6814-4d02-86fa-01b13363a034">http://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/clk/amr</a><br>  <br> Any person may attend the meetings.</p><p>Meeting dates and times are subject to change.</p><p>DATED at the County of Simcoe this 28th day of December, 2016.</p><p>John Daly<br> County Clerk<br> County of Simcoe<br> 1110 Highway 26<br> Midhurst, Ontario  L9X 1N6</p>
Committee Recruitmenthttp://www.simcoe.ca/Clerks/Pages/Committee-Recruitment-.aspx1/16/2017 3:41:39 PMCommittee Recruitment<p style="text-align:center;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-4"><strong>​The Corporation of the County of Simcoe Committee Recruitment</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-4">Two (2) Appointees Required - Planning Advisory Committe (PAC) </span></p><p><font color="#221e1f" size="4"><font color="#221e1f" size="4">The County of Simcoe is seeking applications from qualified citizens to share their experience and/or to apply their formal knowledge regarding (County) Official Plans and (County-initiated) Official Plan Amendments (OPA), and to review land use policy changes as may be introduced by the Province of Ontario. </font></font></p><font color="#221e1f" size="4"><font color="#221e1f" size="4"> <p>The two citizen appointees are to be residents of the County of Simcoe, not a member of a municipal council in the County or an employee of the County of Simcoe; have demonstrated formal knowledge and/or practical experience in land use planning processes and proceedings in an unbiased manner. </p> <p>Appointments are for a term ending December 2018. Members of the Committee shall be compensated in accordance with approved County policy.</p> <p>Those appointed will be required to attend ad hoc in person daytime meetings held at the County Administration Centre (Midhurst) scheduled based on the need to commence an (County) Official Plan review, an (County-initiated) Official Plan Amendment (OPA), or to review land use policy changes as may be introduced by the Province of Ontario.</p> <p>Individuals who are residents within the County of Simcoe and interested in being considered for this Committee are asked to forward, in confidence, a biographical sketch detailing their related experience, knowledge and qualifications to the undersigned on or before 12:00 Noon local time January 31, 2017, or to clerks@simcoe.ca. Qualified candidates may be selected to attend an interview with the appointment committee. </p> </font></font><strong><font color="#221e1f" face="MrEavesXLModNarOT,MrEavesXLModNarOT" size="3"><font color="#221e1f" face="MrEavesXLModNarOT,MrEavesXLModNarOT" size="3"><font color="#221e1f" face="MrEavesXLModNarOT,MrEavesXLModNarOT" size="3"><p>Issued by: County Clerk, County of Simcoe, 1110 Highway 26, Midhurst, Ontario, L9X 1N6. Notice of Collection/Use/Disclosure: Personal information received in response to this notice is collected pursuant to Section 11 of the Municipal Act and Section 29 of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act; information collected will be used in accordance with section 31 for the sole purpose of determining eligibility for appointment to the above-noted Committee.</p></font></font></font></strong>
Learn how to Save-A-Lifehttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/learn-how-to-save-a-life-17-1-13.aspx1/13/2017 4:30:51 PMLearn how to Save-A-Life<p><strong>Midhurst/January 13, 2017</strong> – County of Simcoe Paramedic Services, in partnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, is hosting a free Save-A-Life Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation training course on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 270 in Coldwater, Ontario.</p><p>"More than 11,930 residents have taken this valuable training thanks in part to the strong partnership between the County of Simcoe and the Heart and Stroke Foundation," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "As our region grows and our population ages, it is more important than ever that we provide our residents with tools and training to help our emergency responders save lives."</p><p>Those interested are asked to register in advance for the following session:</p><p><strong>EVENT: <strong>Save-A-Life CPR Training</strong></strong></p><p><strong>Where:<br></strong>Coldwater Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 270<br>2 Michael Anne Drive, Coldwater, Ontario  </p><p><strong>When:<br></strong>Saturday, February 11, 2017<br>9 a.m. to Noon</p><p><strong>Cost:</strong><br>Free</p><p><strong>Registration:</strong><br><a href="http://cpr.simcoe.ca/"><font color="#0066cc">http://cpr.simcoe.ca/</font></a><br>705-735-6901 or toll-free at 1-800-263-3199</p><p>Participants will receive instruction in the Heart and Stroke Foundation course which includes adult and child CPR, choking emergencies, and use of automated external defibrillators (AED). Participants who attend this fully certified Level-A course will receive a CPR card from the Heart and Stroke Foundation. There is no cost to attend, but participants are asked to bring non-perishable food items for donation to the local food bank. </p><p>In 2016, the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services' Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) program provided three free courses, which saw more than 285 residents certified. Participants in turn donated 1,467 lbs of food and $306.25 for local food banks. </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p>Allan Greenwood<br> Director, Corporate Communications <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile) <br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca"><font color="#0066cc">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</font></a></p><p style="text-align:left;">Sandra Page - BA, ACP<br>Manager, National Resuscitation Program, Ontario <br>Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada<br>1-905-409-7706 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:spage@hsf.ca"><font color="#0066cc">spage@hsf.ca</font></a></p>
S&P Global Ratings affirms the County of Simcoe’s “AA” credit ratinghttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/rating-2016-12-21.aspx12/21/2016 2:37:55 PMS&P Global Ratings affirms the County of Simcoe’s “AA” credit rating<p><strong>Midhurst/ December 21, 2016</strong> – S&P Global Ratings has affirmed the County of Simcoe's very strong AA long-term issuer credit rating for 2016. The rating reflects the County's exceptional liquidity, very low debt burden and contingent liabilities, and strong budgetary performance. The rating also reflects S&P Global Ratings' opinion of the very predictable and well-balanced government framework and the County's sound financial management.</p><p>"We understand that our residents face many financial constraints and it's important to them to know that their tax dollars are being managed responsibly," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "We continue to receive strong credit ratings based on our robust financial management policies and strong budgetary performance. Our position of strength allows us to make strategic investments in initiatives such as transit, new infrastructure, education and social housing that benefit our communities, enhance our services and contribute to the well-being of our residents."</p><p>The rating affirmation was released December 5, 2016, and reflects S&P Global Ratings' expectations that, in the next two years, the County of Simcoe's liquidity will remain exceptional, tax-supported debt will stay below 30% of projected consolidated operating revenues, and budgetary performance will remain strong.</p><p>The report also notes the County's political and managerial strength is demonstrated by generally good political consensus in passing budgets without major amendments or delays. In addition, the report states that the County has a robust set of financial policies, provides transparent, easy-to-access disclosure to pertinent information, and prepares detailed operating and capital budgets.</p><p><strong>Highlights from S&P Global Ratings report </strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>At the end of 2015, the county's tax-supported debt declined to C$52.3 million or 18% of consolidated operating revenues (all figures S&P Global Ratings-adjusted), from 21% in 2014, which, according to S&P is considered very low debt burden</li><li>The County's liquidity position is exceptional and a key credit strength. S&P Global Ratings estimates that monthly adjusted free cash and liquid assets will average C$28 million in 2017, which would be enough to cover more than 8 times the forecasted debt service payable in that year. S&P Global Ratings expects the County's coverage ratio to continue exceeding 100% in the next two years </li><li>The County posting an operating surplus of 10.7% of operating revenues and a surplus after capital accounts of 3.6% of total revenues</li><li>The County's economy generated an average GDP per above US$38,000 in 2013-2015 but likely somewhat less than the provincial average of about US$45,500. S&P Global Ratings views the County's economy as strong and fairly stable, although less diversified than that of its peers</li></ul><p><strong>About S&P Global Ratings</strong><br><strong> </strong>With 26 offices around the world and a history that dates back more than 150 years, S&P Global Ratings provides high-quality market intelligence in the form of credit ratings, research, and thought leadership.</p><p><strong>About the County of Simcoe</strong><br><strong> </strong>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong>-30-</strong></p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong><strong><br></strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"> </p></span>
Winter’s no wonderland for waste collectorshttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/waste-collections-2017-01-06.aspx1/6/2017 9:25:02 PMWinter’s no wonderland for waste collectors<p>​<strong>Midhurst/January 6, 2017</strong> – You battle blowing snow and icy roads on your way home from work to discover your garbage, organics, and recycling have not been collected—or worse—blowing up and down your street. </p><p>We've been there and we know how you feel; it's frustrating and leaves you asking the same two questions: why was my garbage missed and when will it be collected?  </p><p>Although there are many reasons a scheduled collection may be missed, concerns with road safety due to severe weather conditions is often the culprit. Waste collection is difficult on the best of days and is regularly listed as one of the top 10 most dangerous jobs; add winter weather to the mix and you've got a recipe for disaster. </p><p>The County has established a variety of methods and processes to assist residents in better understanding what is happening with collections in their area. This includes working closely with local media outlets, posting waste collection impact notices on our website (simcoe.ca), and social media posts on both Facebook and Twitter.  </p><p>We believe the most helpful outreach resource is the Waste Schedule tool, which can be found at simcoe.ca/wasteschedule. By entering your address into the tool, subscribers can choose their method of communication—phone call, email, or Twitter direct message. The service can also remind you when it's your collection day or when you should put your Christmas tree at the curb. It will also let you know if there are collection issues/concerns or cancellations and what is being done to manage them.</p><p><strong>Waste Schedule: </strong>simcoe.ca/wasteschedule</p><p><strong>Website: </strong>simcoe.ca</p><p><strong>Twitter: </strong>@simcoecountycs</p><p><strong>Facebook: </strong>facebook.com/CountyofSimcoe</p><p><strong>Call Centre: </strong>705-726-9300 or 1-866-893-9300; info@simcoe.ca (Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)</p><p>As you can see, we're doing many things to ensure the needs of our residents are met without putting anyone needlessly in harm's way. </p><p>Contracted collections drivers are trained professionals and we take the safety of those workers and our residents seriously, believing that risking life or limb to ensure waste is collected on unsafe days is not a risk we're willing to take.</p><p>Commercial driving licenses limit service hours to 13 hours per day and a total of 60 hours per week, and when difficult road conditions present themselves, trucks must operate more slowly. Compounding this issue has been delays due to trucks ending up in the ditch because of weather-related road conditions. There have been several days this winter when as many as 10 of the 60 collection trucks have been in the ditch at any one time awaiting a tow. Additionally, unloading extra holiday waste volumes reduces time available for collection; this lost time adds up quickly and, at the end of the day, despite operating late into the evening, not every area may be fully serviced. </p><p>Although the winter of 2016/17 has already been a difficult one in terms of localized missed or delayed collections, we have not experienced region-wide cancellations. We have been forced to reroute trucks to areas where road conditions were more conducive to collections.</p><p>Our normal procedure for areas missed on any one day is to collect double on the next week. We know this is seen as an inconvenience, but it allows us to properly manage the impact and keep it from accumulating and affecting other serviceable areas. If we were to push the collection to the next day, from Monday to Tuesday for example, we will have then impacted the entire County rather than a portion of the route. </p><p>We ask that you remain patient whenever unsavory weather leads to missed collections; we promise to do our best to ensure your garbage, recycling, and organics is picked up.</p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/24.64px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong>Contact:</strong></p><p style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile) <br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;">Joe Mercer<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1035<br>705-790-9559 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:joe.mercer@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">joe.mercer@simcoe.ca</a></p><p>  </p>
Counties offer training and networking sessions for agri-food entrepreneurshttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/agri-food-sessions-2017-01-06.aspx1/6/2017 5:01:03 PMCounties offer training and networking sessions for agri-food entrepreneurs<p>​<strong>Midhurst/ January 6, 2017</strong> – The counties of Simcoe and Grey are working together to support and bolster the training and networking of local agri-food entrepreneurs. This January to March, Simcoe and Grey counties are hosting a series of events that will give local food businesses and producers a chance to learn from experts about various aspects of food retailing. Attendees will gain new skills they can use to expand their businesses within our regions and beyond our borders. </p><p>Advance registration for the sessions is required online through www.edo.simcoe.ca or www.investingrey.ca.</p><p>"Our region is investment ready and we're doing everything we can to support and promote local businesses across all sectors," said County of Simcoe Warden Gerry Marshall. "With such a rich agricultural heritage, the agri-food sector presents a huge opportunity for our businesses to grow and thrive in a global marketplace. I encourage all our entrepreneurs to join us for the sessions, learn, network and help advance our position as leaders in Ontario's agri-food sector." </p><p>"Agriculture has deep roots in Grey County and farming and food production continues to be a major contributor to our region's economy," said Grey County Warden Alan Barfoot. "We're pleased to work closely together with Simcoe County to offer these great events that will inspire local food entrepreneurs and help them expand."</p><p>The sessions are designed for anyone working or operating an agri-food related business. Winter 2017 sessions include:</p><p><strong>Honing Your Sales Pitch and Presentation Workshop</strong><br> Wednesday January 25, 2017 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.<br> Simcoe Street Theatre, 65 Simcoe Street, Collingwood<br> Cost: $15<br> The purpose of this workshop is to help food entrepreneurs fine tune their pitches and presentations – for a broker, distributor or retailer. Participants will get an opportunity to practice their pitch and get feedback from an actual food broker.</p><p><strong>Straight from the Expert: What Grocers Are Looking for in Your Pitch?</strong><br> Wednesday, February 1, 2017 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.<br> Simcoe Street Theatre, 65 Simcoe Street, Collingwood<br> Cost: $15<br> Participants in this presentation will hear from Giancarlo Trimarchi, Partner of Vince's Market about how to the retail system works.  The presentation will include information about how buyers select who to meet with; how the buying process works; and what they are looking for in a pitch.</p><p><strong>Business to Business Sales</strong><br> Wednesday, February 22, 2017 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.<br> Simcoe Street Theatre, 65 Simcoe Street, Collingwood<br> Cost: $15<br> This seminar will introduce techniques, tools and case studies that all food entrepreneurs can use to enter into the channels of wholesaling and foodservice.</p><p><strong>Agri-Tourism: Are you Ready for Visitors?</strong><br> Wednesday, March 8, 2017 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.<br> Simcoe Street Theatre, 65 Simcoe Street, Collingwood<br> Cost: $15<br> Kim Clarke, Tourism Experience Development Specialist from Regional Tourism Organization 7 will guide you through product vs. experiences, the progression of economic value, and what it takes to be market-ready.<br> <br><strong>Business to Retailer Networking Event</strong><br> Thursday, March 16, 2017 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.<br> Beaver Valley Community Centre, 58 Alfred Street West, Thornbury<br> Cost: Free<br> This networking event will allow retailers an opportunity to meet with local agri-food businesses, sample products and get an introduction to the products available. The event is open to primary producers and agri-food processors from the surrounding region.</p><p>Advance registration for the sessions is required online through www.edo.simcoe.ca or www.investingrey.ca.</p><p>Grey County is an upper-tier municipal government serving nine member municipalities in Southwestern Ontario. Learn more by visiting <a href="http://www.grey.ca/">www.grey.ca</a>.<br> <br>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:32.85px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><p style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:27.37px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong>County of Simcoe:</strong><br><strong>Allan Greenwood</strong><br><strong>Director, Corporate Communications</strong><span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><strong>705-726-9300 ext. 1230</strong><br><strong>705-794-9301 (mobile)</strong><span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</strong></a></p><p style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:27.37px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong>Grey County:</strong><br><strong>Robert Hatten</strong><br><strong>Communication Manager</strong><br><strong>519-372-0219 ext 1235</strong><br><a href="mailto:Robert.Hatten@grey.ca"><strong>Robert.Hatten@grey.ca</strong></a></p></span>